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LOOM: Single benefactor giving education privatization edge at Capitol

  By Nancy Loom Well-funded privatization forces are gaining ground in their efforts to privatize Mississippi’s public education system, a move that would hand state tax dollars and our children’s futures to unaccountable for-profit, virtual, and private schools. Here’s what we know: a wealthy Mississippi businessman who supports privatization measures is offering large amounts of campaign cash to recruit legislative ...

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Rep. Howell decides not to seek re-election to House

KILMICHAEL — A long-time state lawmaker from north Mississippi says he’s not seeking re-election next year. Republican Rep. Bobby Howell of Kilmichael said yesterday that he announced his plans early because he wants to give people time to consider running. He has been in the House since 1992, and his District 46 includes all of Montgomery County and parts of ...

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Bryant to unveil state budget plan for next year

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is releasing his Mississippi budget blueprint for the coming year. He is expected propose setting aside money for the second year of a teacher pay raise that he approved earlier this year. He’s also expected to propose funding a new program that would help with workforce training in community colleges. Bryant is holding an ...

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Legislators expect a 3 percent spending increase next year

JACKSON — Top Mississippi lawmakers said yesterday they expect a 3 percent increase in state spending during the coming year, reflecting a prediction of modest growth in the state economy. That’s stronger than the 1.1 percent revenue growth rate for the current year over last year, but weaker than the roughly 5.5 percent growth during each of the two previous ...

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Rep. Brown says he will run for Posey's seat on PSC

JACKSON — Democratic state Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson said yesterday that he’s running in 2015 for a seat on the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the three-member board that regulates utilities. Brown, 70, said he will seek the central district seat that is held by Republican Lynn Posey, a former state senator from Union Church. Posey could not immediately be ...

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Indictment: Prison boss Chris Epps took bribes for contracts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Rankin County businessman connected to several private prison companies. Epps is accused of receiving more than $700,000 from 2008 to 2014. The 49-count federal indictment, unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, also ...

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Proposal introduced to change state song to 'Dixie,' fly Confederate flag outside Capitol

JACKSON — A Mississippi man with a history of trying to enshrine Old South symbols in the state constitution is trying again, this time hoping to change the state song to “Dixie” and require officials to fly a Confederate battle flag outside the Capitol. But getting a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot can be difficult, with signatures required from ...

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Corrections Commissioner Epps resigns due to apparent federal investigation

JACKSON — Mississippi’s corrections commissioner suddenly resigned yesterday in the face of an apparent federal investigation. Christopher Epps had led the state prison system for 12 years. Gov Phil Bryant named Deputy Commissioner Richard McCarty as the interim leader of the state prison system until a permanent commissioner is selected. Epps did not return a telephone call seeking comment. House ...

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Younger, Patrick face runoff for Brown's seat in state Senate

COLUMBUS — Charles “Chuck” Younger and Bobby Patrick are headed to a runoff to decide who will replace the late Terry Brown in the state Senate. Complete but unofficial results show Younger got 41.4 percent of the vote while Patrick received 26 percent in yesterday’s election. The runoff is Nov. 25. Brown died in September after a battle with cancer. ...

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